Raffles Model United Nations 2015
From 2nd to 4th June 2015, a group of ten students participated in the 24th Raffles Model United Nations (RMUN) that was held at Raffles Institution to discuss and debate pressing global issues in the same vein as what the United Nations does. In preparation for this conference, the students had to research and write a position paper to advocate for their assigned country’s interests whilst trying to tackle issues that have dominated headlines. These issues ranged from the growing strength of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to the increasing militarisation of the Arctic. During the conference itself, armed with their arguments, the students experienced the difficult process of diplomacy – navigating through different interests at play in a collective effort to tackle a common issue. Some of them tasted success with resolutions being passed after much deliberation, while some of them saw their earlier efforts rendered irrelevant when the situation took a turn for the worse.
Reflection from student participants:
“RMUN was a deeply enriching event that challenged us to take on a perspective on world issues and crises and come up with possible solutions. It had also helped to equip us with skills that are crucial in real life, such as public speaking. With RMUN acting as a platform for interactions among many students, we have learnt from our friends new perspectives and also the need to compromise in order to craft sound resolutions. Additionally, RMUN was also a good place to spark new long lasting friendships with other individuals who have come to participate in this wholesome and energetic event. It was an invaluable experience that has taught us to better understand different perspectives, compromise with others for a greater cause, and to speak up for what we believe in.”